Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Tracking Hurricane Matthew; Fact-checking the vice-presidential debate; Harry Potter on the (really) big screen; Can Brayden Point make the Lightning?

While Hurricane Matthew continues to batter Haiti, the Category 4 storm — which made landfall in the western part of the island around 7 a.m. — continues to track near Florida. The 11 a.m. track, however, has moved slightly east, which would be good news for the Tampa Bay area but certainly too early to breathe a sign of relief just yet. Stay with tampabay.com for continuing updates.

FACT-CHECKING THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

Tonight, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine will face off against Republican counterpart Mike Pence in their only debate leading up to November's election. Politifact will be on hand to fact-check their statements; stay with tampabay.com for live updates tonight.

EVERY HARRY POTTER MOVIE WILL RETURN TO TAMPA BAY THEATERS THIS MONTH

All eight Harry Potter movies are coming back to the big screen this month — the really big screen. IMAX has announced a Harry Potter IMAX Week event that will bring the films to theaters around the U.S. starting Oct. 13. It will be the first time ever that the franchise's first two movies, Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, have appeared in IMAX, the announcement says.

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Brayden Point been extremely impressive in the preseason, with two goals in three games.

CAN BRAYDEN POINT MAKE THE LIGHTNING?

That's the question the Lightning are going to be asking themselves during training camp. The team insists it doesn't need to rush the Point, 20, a forward who survived the Lightning's major cut down Sunday and is one of the final 27 players remaining in camp. While it appears likely Point, heading into his first full pro season, would start the year in AHL Syracuse, he's been extremely impressive in the preseason, with two goals in three games.

TWO DEER KILLED, THIRD INJURED AT NATURE'S CLASSROOM

Two of the environmental education center's deer were killed and a third was injured by an unknown intruder or intruders this week, said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Wildlife Commission. The attack happened Sunday night or Monday morning, Morse said. He declined to provide more details, citing the FWC's open investigation.

SCREWWORM OUTBREAK IN FLORIDA DEER MARKS FIRST U.S. INVASION OF THE PARASITE IN 30 YEARS

The screwworm is back, at least in a corner of Florida. Adam H. Putnam, the state's agriculture commissioner, said a screwworm infection broke out in a population of Florida's wild Key deer, a subspecies of the far more common white-tailed deer. "This foreign animal disease poses a grave threat to wildlife, livestock and domestic pets in Florida," Putnam said. "Though rare, it can even infect humans."

TRANSPORTATION MEETING IN AFTERMATH OF FRANKLAND ANNOUNCEMENT

A day after the Tampa Bay Times reported the Florida Department of Transportation is reversing course and won't take away a lane on the Howard Frankland bridge to use as a toll lane, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning for Transportation meeting this morning included public comment ont he Tampa Bay Express project among other issues. Follow Caitlin Johnson on Twitter @cljohnst and stay with the Times for coverage later today.

TOP TALKS COMING TO TAMPA BAY: DAN RATHER, INA GARTEN, ALTON BROWN, TOM BROKAW

Top journalists, top chefs and a top scientist People once dubbed the "sexiest astrophysicist alive" are among the great speeches and lectures coming to the Tampa Bay area in the coming months. Check out a complete list here.

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Higher housing costs in Florida are one reason the state led the country last year in biggest percentage increase in personal household spending.

HOUSEHOLD SPENDING IN FLORIDA HAS JUMPED MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY

Remember frugal Florida? It's disappearing fast. Household spending jumped 5 percent Florida last year, the biggest surge in the country, according to government data released Tuesday morning. The next-highest increases came in Oregon and Colorado, both up 4.9 percent.

REVIEW: THE DANDY WARHOLS MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME AT THE STATE THEATRE

It's been nearly 20 years since the Dandy Warhols last came down to Tampa Bay. No wonder no one wanted Monday night to end. Check out Jay Cridlin's review in Soundcheck.

HEALTH CARE STUDY: FLORIDA RANKS FIFTH-HIGHEST FOR UNINSURED IN THE COUNTRY

Florida has the fifth-highest rate of residents without health care insurance with 13.33 percent uninsured, according to an analysis released Tuesday by WalletHub, a personal-finance website. Nationally the uninsured rate is currently at a record low of 8.6 percent with best-case Massachusetts (2.82 percent uninsured) and Texas (17.1 percent uninsured) on opposite sides off the spectrum.

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Hillsborough sheriff to announce results of construction fraud investigation

Hillsborough sheriff to announce results of construction fraud investigation

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